July 22, 2020 @ 1:03pm
KUANTAN: A 74-year-old Felda settler who panicked when told that his MyKad, along with his bank cards have been recovered from a parcel by the police, ended up losing RM29,000.
The incident unfolded on July 13 when the victim received a phone call from a "Pos Malaysia Berhad" representative in Kuala Lumpur about 9am claiming a parcel which contained his personal belongings had been seized by the police in Sabah.
Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Superintendent Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the caller informed the victim that the parcel contained his MyKad along with eight debit cards which belonged to him.
"The caller told the victim the parcel was sent from Kuala Lumpur to Sabah on July 6 and provided him with the Sabah police headquarters contact details for him to get further details.
"When the victim contacted the number, he was told that his name was allegedly involved in money laundering activities, but the matter could be sorted out.
"Seven days later, he received a call from the same number instructing him to deposit RM29,000 to the court's bank account and the victim made two transactions amounting to RM20,250 followed by the remaining RM8,750," he said.
Wazir said the victim lodged a police report yesterday upon realising that he had been cheated by scammers who claimed to be Pos Malaysia staff, policeman and a court representative.
He said the case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, which provides for a maximum jail term of 10 years and whipping, and a fine if convicted.